Our future is self-driving cars

It’s hard to believe. “This is running our pedestrian protection systems in real time. And every time we have human either riding a bike, or walk or running you will detect him as a yellow box,” said professor Xiaoming Liu. Liu works behind the scenes on autonomous, self-driving cars. General Motors recently announced they’re reinvesting six billion dollars in self-driving, electric cars.

Watch Focal Point: Overview of ballot issues, a popular app creating unrealistic expectations and more

On this week’s Focal Point News, an overview of issues on November’s ballot. Plus we have an update on a student who was killed a few weeks ago. Fraternity’s ban hard alcohol above 15% at Greek life events. MSU played its biggest rival, University of Michigan, twice this past week. Those stories and more on this week’s Focal Point.

WATCH: 20 killed in limo crash, hurricane update, and an alligator in Lake Michigan

20 people died in a limousine crash involving an unlicensed driver. Hurricane Michael escalates to a category 4 and touches down in the Florida panhandle. A four-foot-long alligator was found in Lake Michigan by a surprised fisherman. In Iowa, a man was charged with domestic violence after abusing three of his pet dogs. The Detroit Lions defeated the Green Bay Packers 31-23.

Watch Focal Point: Penalties that could come with tailgating, new Spartan innovations and more

On this week’s episode of Focal Point News, some things you may do while tailgating that could get you in trouble with the law. Also, a new church opened, but in an unusual location. Plus, an over 40-year-old service offered on campus is stopping for good. Homecoming is this week, we’ll take a look at some events that happened on campus and speak with the grand marshal of the parade. In sports, we recap the game against CMU and what to expect against Northwestern.

New apartments coming to Grand River

Last spring, the 7-Eleven and Georgio’s Pizza on the corner of Grand River Ave. and Bogue St. were demolished. Construction for a brand new building is now officially underway. “HUB On Campus East Lansing” is a new high rise apartment building that is expected to open by the fall of 2019.

Watch Focal Point: Student-made video games going big; what’s up with these new scooters around EL?

On this episode of Focal Point News, we find out who is behind charging those new scooters on campus. Also, say goodbye to the ‘$5 footlong.’ Plus, students get innovative with making their own video games that are catching the eyes of major corporations. A new MSU art lab has expanded to downtown, have you checked it out? In sports, a recap of the game against IU and a look forward to the one against CMU.

Michigan home shortage keeps millennials from being homeowners

According to the 2017 U.S. Census, millennials make up a large portion of the housing market and are one of the biggest factors in the increase of homeownership rates last year. This holds true despite the lingering effects of the Great Recession and the fact that many millennials also face student loan debt. According to research done by Citizen Bank in Providence, R.I., millennials are spending one-fifth of their income on student loans, and 60 percent of them will likely be paying off student loan debt until they have reached their 40s. The 2017 Census also showed that millennials were frequently buying homes in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Birmingham, Ala., Buffalo, N.Y., and Virginia Beach, VA. Detroit was one of the cities with the largest drop in millennial homeowners, however. Michigan is experiencing a shortage in the amount of homes for sale versus the number of buyers looking for a home to live in.

Meridian Township is waiving building permit fees

The Red Cedar flooded over 300 homes, said the City of Lansing, and the damage caused by the flood demands reconstruction. On Feb. 22 the Red Cedar River flooded as rain poured down for multiple days, and large amounts of snow melted into the river. The precipitation and snowmelt caused over 10 inches of flooding in neighboring areas of the river. To help residents, the Meridian Township board has elected to waive the building permit fees for homes largely affected by flood damage.